Reality Dating Shows Are Bad. Why Do We Love Them?

Published on: Dec 14, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round

The Bachelorette’s Michelle Young is making Bachelor nation history. For the first time since the franchise premiered in 2002, the man who'll soon be handed that final rose is guaranteed to be a man of color. It may seem like reality dating shows are making some slow progress on diversity. But why aren’t they keeping up with our IRL views on love and relationships? 

You’ll hear from:

  • Bethonie Butler, TV and pop culture reporter for the Washington Post.

  • Joanna Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of Experience magazine and contributing editor to POLITICO Magazine

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